Authorities in Murfreesboro
recently released images of an individual they say tried unsuccessfully to rob
a local Bank of America branch. The police are investigating an afternoon
attempted robbery in the area and believe that the release of the security
camera footage will lead to the suspect’s capture. The police report reveals
that the bank teller was threatened during the robbery and was asked to hand
The teller told the police
officer that a white male wearing a gray hoodie approached her teller station
and handed her a folded note. The note said, “Give me $10,000 and NO alarms.”
The teller then began looking around to get someone’s attention, but no one
noticed. While she was looking the suspect began saying “No. No. No” and, after
getting more nervous, grabbed the note and ran from the building.
Turns out before embarking his bank-robbing
spree, the man should have stopped to consult with the economists at the Royal
Statistical Society and American Statistical Association. The two groups
recently published a study on the economics of bank robbery
and determined the crime doesn’t pay off in the end.
The researchers looked at the
average loot from a bank robbery in the U.K. over a three-year period and found
it came to only $31,786. Maybe not terrible, but not much given the risk
associated with the crime. The researchers went further; determining that there
were on average 1.6 robbers involved in each heist, which meant the total per
robber came to only $19,865.
The numbers were even worse for
American criminals, with the average robbery netting criminals only $4,330.
Going one step further shows just how bad a decision bank robbery actually is.
The group says that a full one third of attempted bank robberies failed, often
resulting in lengthy prison terms, thus further diminishing any expected
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